Chuck
I used to dye a lot of materials, both fur, feathers as wellas natural and some 
synthetic yarns. The first step is to be sure the material to be dyed is clean 
and free of grease and oils. I used to use dish washing soap.Be sure to rinse 
the soap completely away. Temperature control is critical because if you get 
the dye solution to hot you can cook the hair right off the hide or ruin a nice 
cape. I tryed to keep my dye bath at at 125 degrees. I have used tintex, rit, 
dylon and veniard dye. They all had pluses and minuses. With all types black 
was the most difficult to dye. I found you needed to mix the black dye bath 2 
to 4 times stronger than recomended. I always used vinegar to set the dye. With 
black and some of the other more difficult colors I would not add the vinegar 
until I had achieved, close to the color saturation I required. I recommend 
only dying a small amounts to start with. I have many friends who ruined a lot 
of materials because they went at it like a commercial opperation. Keep notes 
on anything you try. I do not dye many materials these days as it seems 
everything is available commercially, much easier to buy the finished material.
Regards
Mel Hocken




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  From: Chuck Alexander 
  To: fly fishing for panfish ; vfb-mail@googlegroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:21 AM
  Subject: [VFB] Dying feathers with Rit dye ???


  Folks: Can anybody give me the “secret” to dying feathers (and/or fabric) 
with Rit dye?? What happened is that my son had some dark purple demin material 
he wanted dyed black. He added TWO boxes of Rit dye to the three gallons or so 
of water as he had four yards of material to dye. Adde the salt but not the 
vinegar as it said to only use the vinegar with salt if the material is silk or 
wool and not cotton. Brought the water to a boil, then let it soak all day. 
Still just came out a darker purple and NIT jet black like the dye is.

  Now is my problem in that. He saved the water as I have a ton of grizzly 
feathers, but hardly any black, so I was just going to sye a grizzly neck in 
that same dye water mix after he finished. But I don’t want the grizzly to go 
from black and white, to purple ad white. Any tips?? Should I add vinegar?? 
Thanks, Chuck



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